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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

No bias?

Any time a poll comes out showing Bush's approval rating close to 50% (which, by the way, is where it was the week before he was re-elected), the media is quick to point out that "it's just one poll. You have to compare that one poll with all of the other polls and figure the average."

However, a poll comes out - by CBS, no less - showing Bush's approval ratings very low, and it becomes a headline reading, "Bush job rating falls to all-time low: poll".
President George W. Bush's job rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent, amid strong opposition to the Dubai Ports World deal and increasing pessimism over the war in Iraq, according to a CBS News poll released on Monday.
According to the poll, 70 percent believe the Dubai Ports World transaction should not be allowed to go through while only 21 percent did not see the ports deal as a problem.
The only reason 70% of Americans are against this UAE ports deal is...hmm...THE MEDIA!!! The media created the story and started asking questions on it. The media - who is so culturally sensitive and "progressive" - decided that it wasn't okay for us to give Arabs a chance, despite the fact that these particular Arabs (the UAE) have repeatedly demonstrated competence in handling numerous ports around the world.
One surprising bright spot for the administration in the polls was that Americans appeared ready to move on after Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting accident. Seventy-six percent said it was understandable that the accident could happen.

Why was this bright spot "surprising"? It's "surprising" because the media doesn't expect any bright spots in the Bush administration. And if they see a bright spot, they're sure not going to admit that it's something to be expected from the first president in 16 years to be elected or re-elected by a majority of Americans.

However media coverage of the accident may have made the public's generally negative view of Cheney a bit more so, CBS said. The poll found that 46 percent hold a negative view of Cheney and 18 percent hold a favorable view, down from a 23 percent favorable rating in January.
Huh. You mean the media made the administration look bad? I can't believe they'd do something like that!

Oh well. At least they (sort of) admitted it.



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